Regent’s College has become the latest private higher education provider to win the power to award its own degrees.
Historically, the not-for-profit college has taught degree courses accredited by UK universities. From 1 September, however, it will no longer need to seek external validation for its courses.
In a statement released today, the College said it now plans to apply for full university title.
Regent’s College is one of two private provides which have been given degree-awarding powers this week. The identity of the second college has not yet been made public.
Only five other private institutions currently offer their own degrees. They are:
• Ashridge Business School
• BPP University College
• Buckingham University
• The College of Law
• IFS School of Finance
A number of other providers, including Pearson, RDI and the Greenwich School of Management, are understood to be in talks about acquiring such powers.
With over 4,000 full time students, Regent’s College is the largest undergraduate provider in the UK outside the state-funded system.